Education, Language

How to Improve in TOEFL Listening

The TOEFL Listening examination is the second test that you take during when you sit your TOEFL exam, and although not as challenging as Speaking or Writing, it does present its own set of problems-to-be-solved. It may be easier than the other subtest, but in terms of importance, it is just as significant, especially if the university or workplace you are applying for consider individual subtest score and not just your complete TOEFL mark.

TOEFL Listening can be particularly difficult if you are unable to comprehend the recordings and if you do not know how to approach the questions. Ample preparation is the answer to make sure you get the highest possible score in Listening. It would be best if you’ve enrolled yourself in a review center, which will really help you improve your scores. Here are also some tips to help you out:

  1. Expose yourself to the American accent, which is often used in TOEFL. This means listening to native speakers talk. You can also watch movies or listen to audio books or interviews, or watch videos online. It may also be useful for you to check out other English accents.
  2. Practice note-taking. You are in luck – the TOEFL allows note-taking. This gives you the opportunity to jot down important words that may be essential to answering questions.
  3. And speaking of answering questions, it would be quite helpful for you to learn how to attack the different TOEFL Listening questions. This can be done by doing practice examinations and figuring the techniques out for yourself. You can even create your own . Word of caution, though – this step is by a long shot. If you want the easier way out, enroll in a good TOEFL review center which will teach you the techniques that really work. All you have to do is master the techniques.
  4. Pay attention to connecting words that may change the meaning of the conversation or talk. Words such as “regardless”, “in contrast”, and “however” change the context of a sentence. This is quite important since TOEFL Listening requires that test-takers understand the conversation and not just pick up bits and pieces of information from it.

TOEFL Listening may be the easiest part of the TOEFL, but it merits ample preparation because it is a chance to show off one’s English skills through a high test score. Remember: practice smartly, and when in doubt, go to the experts. It won’t hurt you to spend a bit of money on a good review center if you’ll pass the TOEFL with flying colors.


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